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About William Arkin

    Bill Arkin

William M. Arkin, an Army veteran, author and consultant, was born in New York City and currently lives in South Pomfret, VT.

He served in the Army from 1974-1978, where he was an intelligence analyst assigned to the headquarters of the West Berlin command. After the Army, Bill worked for a number of not-for-profit think tanks and pressure groups in Washington.

During the 1980's, Arkin became an authority on nuclear weapons. He has written a column for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1985. He wrote his first book "Research Guide to Current Military and Strategic Affairs" in 1981. Since then, he has authored or coauthored eight more books and dozens of book-length monographs and studies on military affairs.

Arkin consults for a number of organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Human Rights Watch. He is also a military commentator for MSNBC.

Arkin went on the Internet in 1994 with his book, "The U.S. Military Online: A Directory for Internet Access to the Department of Defense." He has become expert on the national security dimensions of the Internet, lectures widely on the subject and conducts Internet training.

His DOT.MIL column, launched in November 1998, appears every other Monday at washingtonpost.com. E-mail Arkin at william.arkin@wpni.com.

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